Industry Gathers in Salt Lake City

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Thursday, February 20, 2020




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Industry gathers in Salt Lake City

NCMA and the concrete masonry industry is gathering in Salt Lake City for ICON-Xchange 2020, February 19-25, at The Grand America Hotel. With a full schedule of events and committee meetings, we look forward to having members strategize the industry’s future, learn from each other, network to grow businesses and have fun! Committee meetings are open to all members and we encourage you to get involved in YOUR association. Download our ICON-Xchange mobile app to get all the event and meeting times, or visit our website schedule. Thank you to all thecompanies who generously sponsored ICON-Xchange events. Can’t make it? Be sure to keep an eye on our social media for updates throughout the event.










OSHA announces revisions to emphasis program for silica rule

OSHA has established a revised National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in general industry, maritime, and construction. The NEP targets specific industries expected to have the highest numbers of workers exposed to silica, and focuses on enforcement of the new silica standards, one for general industry and maritime (29 CFR § 1910.1053) and one for construction (29 CFR § 1926.1153). The NEP includes the Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing (NAICS Code 327331) as one of the target industries for the NEP. Read more about the NEP here. More information on the silica rule, including small entity compliance guides, can be found here.





NAM campaign aimed at closing manufacturing skills gap

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) unveiled a new campaign to close the growing skills gap in the manufacturing industry. NAM and The Manufacturing Institute, which is its workforce and education partner, launched the “Creators Wanted” campaign in order to showcase modern manufacturing. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the U.S. skills gap by 600,000 and expand the number of students enrolled in technical and vocational schools or re-skilling programs by 25 percent by 2025.Read more.





Ledent named next Executive Director of Masonry Institute of Michigan

Philippe Ledent joined the Masonry Institute of Michigan as the next Executive Director and Structural Engineer on February 3, 2020. The previous Executive Director, Dan Zechmeister, will be retiring at the end of 2020. Ledent, in his capacity with MIM will be the principal officer of the Institute and responsible for all of the Institute affairs supporting their mission. Ledent's past experience on the national masonry code committee, engineering background, and familiarity with masonry construction will assist him in serving the design and construction communities in Michigan. Read more.



The industry's next generation showcased at 2020 MCAA masonry skills challenge

The 21st MCAA Masonry Skills Challenge was held on February 5, 2020 during MASONRY MADNESS® at the World of Concrete. The competition is designed to showcase the best apprentices the industry has to offer. This competition crowned the first, second, and third place finishers in three categories: first-year apprentice, second-year apprentice, and third-year apprentice. Each contestant was presented with a project drawing appropriate to their skill level just moments before the competition began. Contestants had three hours to construct their respective project using the materials provided. Read more.




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New BackerBead with E-Flange from ClarkDietrich provides 80% greater embedment with mortar and stucco than standard flat flange profiles, which can reduce chances of cracking and improve the long-term performance of the cladding. A factory-applied backer rod makes caulking easy, reducing labor and material costs. Learn more today.








Dodge: Commercial, multifamily construction starts rise 11% YOY in top 20 metros

The value of commercial and multifamily construction starts in the U.S. was $227.5 billion in 2019, up 1% from 2018, according to Dodge Data and Analytics. However, the value of commercial and multifamily starts in the top 20 metros increased 11% to $139.6 billion and when considering multifamily and commercial activity together, the top 10 metros were responsible for 45% of all starts. Read more.






Do you know...

The latest version of NCMA’s Direct Design Software includes an import/export feature of building models to and from Autodesk Revit. Find out more about this software here.





Stone Veneer Trims in BROWN

Plastic Components manufactures WHITE, GRAY, TAN and DARK BROWN foundation sill screeds, casing beads, drip edges in 10 ft lengths for stone veneer applications. No more painting with these trims! They conform to ASTM standards D1784, C1063 and D4216. And the molded in colorant eliminates chipping, loss of color.






In February...

Many NCMA staff will be in Salt Lake City, UT, for ICON-Xchange 2020 and NCMA’s Annual Convention, February 19-25.







Can masonry units be wet cut?

Yes. Wet cutting of concrete masonry unit is permitted by the TMS 602, Standard Specification for Masonry Structures. For more information, see FAQ 27-17.





Enter now for the 2019 NCMA/ICPI Safety Awards

The online form for submitting to the 2019 NCMA/ICPI Safety Awards is now open. This program recognizes safety-conscious association members and it's free to submit and participate. Also, upon being announced, winners will have the choice to purchase plaques to commemorate their achievements.


Click here for more information on the program. Click here to go directly to the entry form. Online submission closes on March 31, 2020.






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